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Unread 01-11-2012, 09:20 AM
Moody monster

I am not sure what is wrong with me. Physically I am feeling better, the pain is low but emotionally I am a wreak. I am 4 weeks post op, everything has been removed. I don't sleep. I wake up every 2 hours with hot flashes. I can barely function at work and home. I don't seem to care much about anything. I will cry at nothing one moment then be raging the next. I am in a constant state of brain fog. Even a shower requires major motivation just to get up and to it. My question is I get hormones in the next few weeks, the doctor is going to put me on estrogel. Will the hormones make me feel more like me again? I am not sure how much longer I can stand being like this. I feel like I am going crazy.
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Unread 01-11-2012, 10:23 AM
Re: Moody monster

Hi. First of all, you aren't a "monster", you're tired and recovering from a major surgery that's altered your body chemistry a lot.

I see you're back at work. Being back in the workplace soon after this surgery is pretty demanding on the body. Are you getting enough support at home? Ease back, as much as you can. Please don't be afraid to ask for help, it's important to let your body heal.

I've been using bio-identical hormone gel and cream since my six-week checkup and I feel much more like "me" now, am sleeping at night and the hot flashes have ceased. I can't predict how HRT will affect you, but it's helped me a lot with my surgical menopause symptoms.

Sometimes it seems that doctors don't give women enough information about what to expect after the surgery. We aren't done needing medical help and counsel as soon as the last stitch is put in, or the last stitch is taken out. This recovery is a long process, be patient with yourself, and compassionate. Things can and will get better. But please, rest as much as you can, eat well, stay ahead of pain, and if you have a good relationship with your doctor(s) talk to him/her/them about the difficulties you're experiencing. There are lots of things that can help ease recovery.
Unread 01-11-2012, 10:39 AM
Re: Moody monster

Thanks gnomelady, for the reply. You made me feel better. I do not have help at home so that can be part of it. My husband wouldn't even pick up my pain meds after surgery so help is not really a option. I am having my kids help some but I am sure I am doing to much. Thankfully I only work 4 days a week and its a desk job. I am exhausted by the time I get home. I do have a fantastic doctor. He is helping me with everything but wants me to stay off of hormones as long as possible because of the endo. I do get them soon though and I can not wait to feel back to normal. I will be happy to sleep again and not feel so moody. I also think when I can workout again, I will feel a bit better. I am missing my workouts. I used to workout 1-2 hours a day.Thank you for your kind words.
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Unread 01-11-2012, 11:53 AM
Re: Moody monster

You are not a monster. Your body has been through so much. I know foods alone won't address the issue, but my chiro has me eating lots of cruciferous veggies, broccoli, brussel sprouts, etc. to help my body during this adjustment period. They are high in phyto estrogen something or other. My gf felt so much better after starting her hrt. The roller coaster leveled out. I am sorry your hubby is not supportive. Maybe an alligator clip in a special spot would help him come around? (Where's the evil little smiley when I need it??)
Unread 01-11-2012, 12:11 PM
Re: Moody monster

My gyn put me on an estrogen patch the day after surgery. She said removing the ovaries can cause some terrible symptoms and it's better not to wait. I am 8 days post-op and only had hot flashes for the first time yesterday when my patch needed to be replaced. You will probably feel a lot better once you get on HRT. Surgery is hard enough without going into instant menopause. Remember, women who still have their ovaries and have not had a hysterectomy tend to go through peri-menopause gradually, not all at once, so what you are experiencing is probably very normal. If it were me, I would call your doctor and tell him what's going on and see if he won't start you on HRT now instead of in a few weeks.
Unread 01-11-2012, 06:12 PM
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Gosh I'm sorry to hear of your challenges. I'm so thankful I did not have to wait for HRT. Along with the ridiculous bleeding, pain, and anemia that brought me to the gyn, it was the hormonal roller coaster that sealed my decision to have an everything out hyster. I got my first patch in the hospital and I've not had a hot flash/night sweat since. Having my hormones regulated is amazing-I feel great! I'm wrapping up my great experience and sending it to you. I really wish you the best. As far as your hubby goes.....maybe you could get a double dose of estrogen and dose him up and see how he likes it when it gets yanked away...oooops, did I say that out loud???
Unread 01-11-2012, 10:30 PM
Re: Moody monster

Thank you for all the reply's. I am hoping at my 6 week post op appointment I can start hormones. I believe they will help balance me out. I am 33 and am having full blown menopausal symptoms. I am just praying for a full night of sleep I haven't had one since before my surgery, and a full day at work tomorrow. Sharona19 I love your idea on the estrogen, but even with that he would be the same. Would be perfect justice to watch though.

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